Rutledge considers amending ordinances

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer During the August meeting of the Rutledge City Council, Chuck Jarrell and Tara Cooner from the Morgan County Planning Department spoke to the council about considering plans to amend Rutledge zoning ordinances to reflect changes in state and county ordinances. Rutledge’s current ordinances regarding personal care facilities in residential areas, project entrances, animals in residential areas and mobile homes, among others were brought up as ordinances that should be looked at if the council decides to amend some of their zoning ordinances. Jarrell recommended that …

Jody Hice running for U.S. Congress in Ga.’s 10th District

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer Dr. Jody Hice is running as a republican candidate for the United States Congress in Georgia’s Tenth District. Hice describes himself as a republican, constitutionalist, and Christian, and has been a minister for the past 30 years. He also hosts the syndicated radio show The Jody Hice Show. Hice, a native of Georgia, attended at Tucker High School before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Asbury College in Wilmore, Ky., a master of divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, …

Nunnsense: Rubberhead

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By Nick Nunn Surely, it could be considered the civic responsibility of any person to report being witness to a crime – consider the last episode of Seinfeld, where the main characters were arrested for being “guilty bystanders” by watching a crime take place and doing nothing – but how far should one stick their neck out in order to make sure that an actual crime is taking or has taken place? We can all think of examples; in Hitchcock’s film Rear Window, Jimmy Stewart gets thrown out of a …

Human nature is on newspapers’ side

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  By Leonard Woolsey Funny thing happened the other day to our local newspaper on the way to obscurity – my teenage daughter asked for a printed copy. While the world media might be quick to put a fork in the printed media and declare them done, there just might be something lurking out there we can’t fully appreciate. Recently my daughter went to a small concert in our community. Knowing our newspaper wouldn’t be staffing the event I suggested she might see about getting art and a cutline for …

Morin: Changing the rules of the game

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By Greg Morin September 1 will mark the end of an era, at least in Georgia anyway. This is the date that Amazon.com must begin collecting sales tax in Georgia (http://goo.gl/xorIIp). Some day you will wax nostalgic and regale your grandchildren with stories of how there was once a place where people could escape the clutches of intrusive government: the Internet. This was a place where anarchism reigned and yet everything worked without any rules or leaders. But slowly government began to stamp out the embers of this freedom bit …

Museum says thanks for help

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To the Editor: The Steffen Thomas Museum of Art and the Madison Artists Guild would like to thank everyone involved with the Oscillations exhibition which opened to wonderful reviews Friday, Aug. 16th.  Oscillations artists Liselott Johnsson, Erin McIntosh, and Diane Wiencke co-curated an exhibition of their abstract works that is powerful and sublime.  We’re so pleased to welcome this terrific work to the Museum. Great thanks go to our sponsors, Town 220 Restaurant, Big City Bread, The Bottle Shop, and Olde South Wine and Spirits for the marvelous food and …

Hey comrade, can I hitch a ride to the space station?

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By Fred Johnson Two Russians recently spent over seven hours in a spacewalk to rig power and Ethernet cables outside the Mir space station in preparation for a new lab that’s due to arrive in a few months. The astronauts wore Russian-made spacesuits. The U.S. spacesuits are currently banned from use after an Italian astronaut almost drowned when leaking water flooded his helmet during a spacewalk a month ago. NASA is still investigating last month’s close call. The problem appears to be in the life-support backpack. The spacesuit will be …

Law Enforcement: Aug. 22, 2013 edition

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Madison Police Department On August 13 a simple battery complaint was filed at an Eatonton Road department store after a woman alleged that while she was waiting to check out, a black male, aged 15-years to 18-years-old, placed his hand between the woman’s leg and rubbed her buttock. The woman said she smacked the male on the arm and the male fled the store and ran towards Budget Inn. On August 17 Kendrick Lewis Simmons, 23, Madison, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, …

Turman commits to UT

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer Morgan County High School (MCHS) Hoop Dog CJ Turman announced this week that he is committing to the University of Tennessee. Turman, senior at MCHS this year, stated in an interview earlier this week that the University of Tennessee (UT) had been recruiting him since the tenth grade but had been “recruiting hard” since he became a junior last year. One of Turman’s biggest deciding factors was the coaching staff, which Turman said would call him regularly to check up on him, making him feel …

One Year Down

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By Nick Nunn I remember saying to myself a year ago when I applied for this job that I’d never get it. After all, I don’t have a background in journalism, I had never written for a living, and – as anyone in my family will tell you – I don’t know that much about sports. Oops. The cat is out of the bag. But I cleaned up a couple of the shorter papers that I had written in college, and I sat down to watch a Braves game, so …

Outdoorsmen are getting mighty fancy when it comes to clothes

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By Alvin Richardson I will never forget driving up to visit with my grandmother many years ago sporting a new car. Well, it was new to me even though it was a 10-year-old Chevy. She immediately commented “You’re getting might fancy aren’t you?” Of course fancy to her was indoor plumbing and air conditioning. I stammered around and tried to convince her that I wasn’t putting on airs but she was thoroughly convinced that I was indeed showing off in a most undignified manner. I believe it is safe to …

Lady Dogs win some, lose some at North Oconee Play Day

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  By Leila Dycus, Intern The Morgan County JV volleyball Lady Dogs started off their season last week and competed in a Play Day event at North Oconee High School. “They’re very experienced JV teams, they’ve got a lot of experience on their JV teams, several years of club ball, middle school ball and they play well,” said Coach Pete Busenitz of the Lady Dogs’ opponents. The Play Day took place Saturday, Aug. 17, and Morgan County faced North Oconee, George Walton Academy and Heritage High School. The play day …

Varsity Lady Dogs take championship in Cherokee Leadoff Classic

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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer The Morgan County High School (MCHS) varsity Lady Dogs swept their way through the Cherokee Leadoff Classic at Etowah High School in Woodstock last weekend, beating Dodge County 15-12 and Paulding County 6-4 before taking the last game 5-2 against Etowah. During the first game of the classic, the Lady Dogs played Dodge County, who has become somewhat of a rival for the younger members of the Morgan County team, who saw Dodge County during the recent Georgia Recreation and Park Association 13-14 softball state …

World Champion: Local Keegan Pollard winner of NBHA Youth World

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By Leila Dycus, Intern During the week of July 21, hundreds of young barrel racers from across the world flocked to Perry, Ga., for the National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA) Youth World Championship. Among them was Morgan County’s own Keegan Pollard, who lives in Newborn. Pollard was one of over 900 riders that qualified to compete at Youth World. Pollard not only qualified for the event, but with a time of 15.705 seconds, he beat out all of the riders and went on the win the NBHA’s Youth World Championship. …

Columnist on jasmines: Do you really have one in your yard?

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By Stephanie Hudak Are you confused about what is a jasmine? Well, I thought I was clear about it until my son asked me a question about the one growing in his yard. It was purchased as a Confederate ‘Madison’ jasmine – ta da – so it is a jasmine, right? But then there is the Carolina jasmine with its bright yellow flowers – are they from the same family? Nope! In fact, neither of them is actually a true jasmine. This is where those Latin names are so important. …

Unresolved grief, closure

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By Jennifer Smith Going through the grief process can be a tricky thing. At some time in all of our lives we will be faced with a death that requires us to do “grief work”; and “work” is the operative word. It is work that has several components. First, it is work that cannot be avoided, but work we do not want to do because it is painful and sad. Second, it requires us to face the pain, feel it, and understand it. Third, if we do not do the …

Troy Herbert O’Neal

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Troy Herbert O’Neal of Mansfield passed away August 14, 2013 at Athens Regional Medical Center. He was 71 years old. He was born December 14, 1941 in Lyons in Toombs County and was the eldest of four children. Mr. O’Neal married Mary Alice Cox in 1960. He worked at Hercules in Brunswick for 30 years before retiring. He and his wife moved to Morgan County to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Mr. O’Neal helped found Royal Diadem Tabernacle, a church in Social Circle. He will be remembered as …

Doris Roberts Huff

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MRS. DORIS ROBERTS HUFF, age 85 of Cornelia, passed away on Monday, August 19, 2013 at the Habersham Medical Center. Born in Shelby, North Carolina on August 19, 1928, she was a daughter of the late Lloyd and Irene Palmer Roberts. Mrs. Huff was a seamstress for many years, having owned a fabric shop in Madison, Georgia. Upon retirement, Mrs. Huff worked for five years as a paraprofessional at Cornelia Elementary School. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Garey Huff; son-in-law, Andrew B. …

Neeth S. Baurose

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A Memorial Service Celebrating the Life of Neeth S. Baurose will be held at the Madison Presbyterian Church, 382 S. Main Street on August 29, 2013 at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous at www.ifr.org/pages/rescuer or by mail to The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, 305 Seventh Avenue, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10001-6008. The organization supports over 650 elderly Gentiles rescuers still living in 22 countries, including Denmark. This cause was very near and dear to Neeth’s heart. …

James Allen Harper

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James Allen “Jamie” Harper, 51, of Atlanta died August 13, 2013. He was a native of Madison. He was born December 4, 1961 to Raymond and Lizzie Mae Harper. He was a graduate of Morgan County High School and later attended the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech. Mr. Harper worked as a computer administrator. He will be remembered as having a thirst for knowledge. He enjoyed gardening and giving away what he raised. He was a great cook and enjoyed traveling, having visited 30 countries. He loved music and …